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Fresh & Easy to host holiday food drive in November

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy will kick off its annual in-store holiday food drive across all of its stores next month in honor of National Food Bank Week.

From mid-November trough Dec. 31, customers can donate canned and boxed goods in specially designated boxes at Fresh & Easy stores in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Last holiday season, the retailer and its customers donated more than $1 million in food to local food banks and charities.

“At Fresh & Easy, we are always looking for more ways to continue giving back to our communities and to those in need,” Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason said. “With the holiday season fast approaching, we’re excited to work alongside our customers in supporting local charities and food banks through our holiday food drive efforts.”

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Lighting up sales during holiday season

BY Barbara White-Sax

Candles become a key general merchandise category later in the year — 35% of candle sales in the United States occur during the fourth quarter. Fall decorating, Thanksgiving and holiday gift-giving drive sales, according to a representative from the National Candle Association.

Holiday candle sales have been strong even in a tight economy, since they are a relatively inexpensive indulgence. Traditional cinnamon, berry and evergreen are key scents for the holidays; vanilla is most popular year-round.

 

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Holiday Seasonal Sell-Through Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Senate kills drug-importation amendment

BY Alaric DeArment

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 55-45 Thursday to scrap an appropriations bill amendment that would have allowed personal importation of prescription drugs.

The amendment had been proposed for the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The Senate’s vote drew applause from an organization representing retail pharmacy chains.

"Given that consumer safety cannot be ensured under a prescription drug reimportation system and that such a system would reduce patients’ access to professional services of their local, licensed pharmacists, the Senate made the right decision today," National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and CEO Steve Anderson said. "NACDS appreciates the genuine interest in reducing healthcare expenses that is a motivating factor behind this amendment, and NACDS remains committed to working with all branches and all levels of government, as well as private payers, to improve patient health and reduce costs."

Along with the NACDS, many health experts fear that allowing patients to purchase and import drugs from abroad would open the country’s drug supply to counterfeit drugs and fraud.


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